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Preview of 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Technology

German luxury automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will introduce the new 2015 C-Class on December 16th. The small sedan (for which only spy photos currently exist) will borrow a few newest technologies from the flagship S-Class sedan announced last month, including a touchpad that sits between the seats for controlling the touchscreen display, and a unique air-freshness control feature.

A new feature called Stop&Go Pilot might be the answer to your traffic jam headaches. The system will keep the car in its lane automatically, bring the car to a complete stop at slow speeds, then resume after a full stop.

In late October, another early report on the C-Class mentioned a new Traffic Sign Assist feature that will likely only be available in Europe. As you drive, the car can automatically monitor roads signs for speed limits, no passing zones, and even Do Not Enter signs. You’ll see a warning about potential dangers (such as exceeding the speed limit) pop up on the touchscreen.

These features are part of a larger initiative at Mercedes called Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. In September, the German automaker announced it had completed autonomous driving tests using an S500 and production sensors. A feature called Route Pilot (seen in the video still above) steered the vehicle automatically through urban and non-urban areas without the driver's guidance from the steering wheel.

The C-Class may not be ready for fully autonomous driving quite yet, but the Stop&Go Pilot and Traffic Sign Assist are certainly paving the way.

Highlights of 2015 C-Class Technology

  • Airmatic Agility Package – by far the most talked about optional feature on the upcoming C-Class, the system will come with an onboard Agility Select switch which can help the owner choose between five different driving programs – Eco/Comfort, Standard, Sport, Sport Plus and Custom. Each of them can change the suspension, the steering and the engine and transmission response to optimize comfort, sportiness, fuel efficiency or a combination of all
  • Air Balance Package – another feature taken straight from the S-Class W222, this system offers a better filtration of the air in the cockpit, including ionization, plus a choice of interior fragrances identical to those from its bigger brother
  • Ambient Lighting – unlike on the S-Class, the LED-based interior ambience lighting will only offer its passengers a choice from three colors (White, Yellow and Red)
  • Audio 20 CD With Touchpad – the standard audio system comes with a radio CD-player and a tablet-like TFT screen that measures 17,78 cm and 800 x 480 pixels. Along the now classic Comand controller, it can also be operated via a new touchpad that allows two-finger swiping like on a tablet

Preview of 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Technology Reviewed by Blogs on 10:50 PM Rating: 5

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